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Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

Maronen Suppe – Chestnut Soup

This delicious soup is on the Bacchus Speicher website. I bought a bottle of their Spätburgunder  (Pinot Noir), just so I could give this recipe a whirl.  I loved the earthy taste, especially paired with a slice of sourdough!   Chestnut Soup a la Bacchus […]

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

My heels and head were confused as I entered. The GPS read Wiesbaden, but my eyes saw Paris. Clusters of blood red roses accentuated by flickering candles topped tables draped in crisp white linen. Reflective silverware became bookends to napkins shaped like crowns.  Hundreds of […]

Literaturhauscafé: M.F.K. Fisher Would Approve

Literaturhauscafé: M.F.K. Fisher Would Approve

**Update: Literaturhauscafé has a new tenant, Holger Schwedler.  Mr. Schwedler also owns Wingert Vinothek.**    “The Menopause of spinsters – A very boring place with a nice garden. If you haven’t found the love of your life, here is the place where you can enjoy […]

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

Jaap Dekker: Florist to Flight Attendants and Royalty

  I was on a mission to find a peony.  As I entered Blumen Dekker I learned peony season had come and gone. The owner, Jaap Dekker, ushered me to a bucket filled with roses in full blossom. With a discerning eye he plucked the flower that […]

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Holger Schwedler: Maverick of Rheingau Wines

Sultry vocals of Nora Jones drift overhead in Wingert Vinothek.  Disheveled stacks of wine crates, books by Proust, eclectic art,  lit candles, wooden tables and comfortable leather chairs create an atmosphere of relaxed pleasure. Owner Holger Schwedler, an economist and lecturer of wine studies, could easily […]

Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

  Scattered below, in no certain order, are observations I’ve made since moving to the land of lederhosen and schnitzel.  If you have opinions you’d like to share, please leave a comment below… When greeting a couple, German men often extend their hand to the […]

Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Papier-Art: Where Ephemera Fit For Royalty Resides

Like his fraying parchment colored linen shirt, Husam (Sam) Al-Badri is a soul who seems to have lived many lives. Born in Baghdad, Sam learned to bind books by age twelve. Adulthood brought him to Berlin, where he went on to build a successful career as […]

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Dieter Ege’s gunmetal rimmed spectacles complemented his well-groomed gray mane.  A tailored suit rested on shoulders with impeccable posture while a crisp white collar framed a poised jawline. For 30 years Mr. Ege has managed a historical property in Wiesbaden, the Schwarzer Bock Hotel.    […]

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

Flammkuchen: Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

 Dale’s Cake Café

 Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  […]